Friday, February 24, 2006

Another Silver Lining for Cohen

TURIN, Italy (AFP) - Sasha Cohen had to settle for another silver medal to remind her of yet another golden opportunity that slipped through her fingers.
A two-time world and four-time US runner-up she claimed the national title this year in the absence of the injured Michelle Kwan.Turin was supposed to be her big international breakthrough.
But like the 2003 and 2004 nationals, the 2004 worlds, and four years ago in Salt Lake City Olympics, she had a chance to medal or win in the free skate but failed to rise to the occasion.
She was leading after the short programme.
But once again under the spotlight failed to deliver.
Her Olympic challenge was over within seconds as the 21-year-old fell on her opening triple and struggled in her second.
After completing her "Romeo and Juliet" routine she went backstage, took off her dress and skates, convinced that she would not be needing them again.
But the poor performance of world champion Irina Slutskaya allowed the American to claim silver behind Japan's Shizuka Arakawa, the 2004 world champion, with the Russian taking bronze.
" It's bittersweet," Cohen said. "I tried hard. I have no regrets.
"I definitely didn't think I was going to get any medal when I finished. So it was a nice surprise."
"Of course I was disappointed and in shock. But you've got to take what life gives you.
"No, I didn't cry. I don't usually cry unless I'm angry. I'm not angry, it's more of a letdown.
"It's one night, four minutes and a piece of metal. It's more about the journey over the four years, it's not a one-night journey."
Cohen brushed off suggestions that she was suffering another injury.
She had been bidding to follow in the footsteps of fellow Americans Tara Lipinski (1998) and Sarah Hughes (2002) as the Olympic champion.
She did keep the US on the women's podium for the 11th straight Olympics.
Her silver was the eighth ever by an American woman and the second for the United States here in Turin after Tanith Belbin and Ben Agosto came second in the ice dance.
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